The Parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a Social Prophet
van Eck, Ernest
Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2016 pp. xxviii + 340. $42.00
MatrixóThe Bible in Mediterranean Context, 9
Description: Who do we meet in the stories Jesus told? In The Parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a Social Prophet, a selection of the parables of Jesus is read using a social-scientific approach. The interest of the author is not the parables in their literary contexts, but rather the parables as Jesus told them in a first-century Jewish Galilean sociopolitical, religious, and economic setting. Therefore, this volume is part of the material turn in parable research and offers a reading of the parables that pays special attention to Mediterranean anthropology by stressing key first-century Mediterranean values. Where applicable, available papyri that may be relevant in understanding the parables of Jesus from a fresh perspective are used to assemble solid ancient comparanda for the practices and social realities that the parables presuppose. The picture of Jesus that emerges from these readings is that of a social prophet. The parables of Jesus, as symbols of social transformation, envisioned a transformed and alternative world. This world, for Jesus, was the kingdom of God.
Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, Johannine Literature, John, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches
Review by Samuel Lamerson
Citation: Samuel Lamerson, review of Ernest van Eck, The Parables of Jesus the Galilean: Stories of a Social Prophet, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).
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